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The bone marrow| is the spongy material in the centre of some of our bones, which produces blood cells.
If you have a low level of red blood cells (anaemia), you may be breathless| and get tired| more easily. Your doctor may suggest that you have a blood transfusion|, which can be done more than once if it’s helpful. Low levels of white blood cells may make you more likely to get an infection|. If you do get an infection, this can be treated with antibiotics. A low platelet count will increase your risk of bruising and bleeding. Occasionally, if your platelet count is very low, you may need a platelet infusion|.
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Next planned review: 2014
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